Jessica Hart Not Fired From Victoria's Secret Over Taylor Swift Diss

12/03/2013 at 12:43 PM ET

Jessica Hart, Taylor Swift, Victoria's Secret Fashion ShowDimitrios Kambouris/Getty; Gilbert Carrasquillo

Is Victoria’s Secret Angel Jessica Hart about to lose her wings? Not a chance. After rumors spread that the Australian beauty was axed by the lingerie giant for dissing this year’s fashion show performer Taylor Swift, the brand has released a statement denying the reports.

“There is no truth to the rumors that Jessica Hart has been fired or that she will no longer work with the brand,” Ed Razek, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Victoria’s Secret told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “As you will see, she was a great part of our show and we look forward to continuing to work with her. As previously reported, we at Victoria’s Secret and all those involved, including Jessica Hart, were thrilled to have Taylor be a part of the show. We look forward to sharing her performances next week during the television special.”

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Suspicion about Hart’s Angel status being on the line began after she made an off-the-cuff comment about whether Swift could hack it on the VS runway. “I think she’s great,” Hart told Women’s Wear Daily at the fashion show afterparty. “But I don’t know, to me, she didn’t fit. I don’t know if I should say that. I think what you find is that for a lot of us, we’ve been working for 14, 15 years; what it takes to make it here comes from experience and confidence and knowing how to be confident with yourself. I think it comes with age. It’s definitely the benchmark of all jobs.”

What do you think about the behind-the-scenes controversy? Tune in to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. for all the onstage action.

–Brittany Talarico

FILED UNDER: Celebs , Exclusive , Taylor Swift

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kaymms on

Sounds to me like Ms. VS model is a little jealous. Anyone who offers up a statement like that is trying to get attention. I guess b/c when people browse VS catalogs they don’t ever wonder who the half naked chick their looking at is- maybe she wants to get recognized? Taylor is always recognized b/c she has talent.

Kat on

It is an odd pairing, but if Swift is looking for ways to ditch the tweens (and she needs to if she is going to have career longevity, she is approaching her mid twenties) this would be the way to do it.

Sacré on

Hmmm, I hadn’t heard of Jessica Hart until her comment about Taylor Swift. On the other hand, everyone on the planet knows who Taylor Swift is so I think she’s going to be ok.

Sarah on

Maybe she should get that gap in her front teeth fixed before she starts dissing people.

Rose on

What’s with VS using a tween star that can’t even sing on pitch? I don’t get what they chose her. I mean we know she sleeps with everyone and writes songs about them but other than that I don’t see where she fits in there.

Rita on

Oh please she is right. They just want to keep pushing Taylor swift EVERYWHERE, so sick of her!

Chelsea on

I agree! Taylor Swift does not belong that that kind of environment. She should just stick to where she belongs which is Nashville.

lina on

Taylor swift looks prettier then jessica and is just being a hater. I’m sure taylor can totally rock the runway if she wasn’t a country star. Why do grls who think they are pretty think they are better then other females when in reality they’re not really that cute as they think they are. Jessica.. just by saying that comment about someone else just makes u look snobby and snobby is an ugly look on u. #teamtaylor

Gg on

A little jealous. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t take 14+ years to learn the walk. I like Taylor and think she looked really good up there. Women can be so caddy and some of the models aren’t the brightest. Guess you don’t have to be when you look like that!

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